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Truck owners’ strike down cargo movements at Lagos ports

Truck owners’ strike down cargo movements at Lagos ports

The Spokesman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Mr Stanley Ezenga, on Tuesday said that the truck drivers’ strike had reduced cargo movements at the Lagos ports.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the strike had added to the problems of foreign exchange restriction on some goods and the prevailing low imports.

Ezenga said that since Monday, when the National Association of Truck Owners (NATO) embarked on an indefinite industrial action, it had been difficult to move cargoes in and out the ports.

“Some of our members who got their cargoes released by Customs were not able to move them to the owners.

“The scenario is pathetic. If allowed to continue, it may spell doom for the economy as artificial scarcity of goods might creep in.

“The situation is not freight-friendly at all,’’ he said.

According to him, it is difficult to convince clients to trust anyone with clearing of his or her goods; so any delay in the chain may portray one as being deceitful.

Ezenga said that as importers’ representatives, agents tried to avoid issues that could cause delay in cargo clearance in order to deliver the cargoes to the owners on time and retain loyalty.

He called for quick settlement of the problems to enable easy flow of freight business at the ports.

NAN reports that the truck owners went on strike following protests against the N10, 000 vehicle entry permit being charged by the Nigerian Ports Authority. (NAN)

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